20 Bridges Swim

20 Bridges Swim

Field is limited to 25 solo swimmers and 18 relay teams that start and finish at Battery Park City. Fields sells out in less than 45 minutes. Race first held in 1927. Substantial surface chop and strong tidal pull are possible. Water temperature varies between 17 – 19°C (64 – 67°F). Course may also include random jetsam and flotsam. A Qualifying Swim must be completed before application will be accepted.

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Name of Race

20 Bridges Swim

Event Nickname

20 Bridges Circumnavigation Swim of Manhattan

Event Month

June
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September
October

Region

North America

Body of Water

Hudson/East/Harlem, Manhattan, US

Distances Offered

Over 10k

Experience

Advanced
Professional

Water Type

River

Swim Type

Race

Description

The 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim (or the 20 Bridges Circumnavigation Swim of Manhattan, the Manhattan 20 Bridges Swim, the 20 Bridges Manhattan Swim, or the 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Circumnavigation) is a 28.5-mile (45.9 km) circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York organized by New York Open Water, an open water swimming organization that also stages open water swims in New York including the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim. It is part of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming challenges and is annually named as one the World’s Top 100 Island Swims in 2018 and 2019 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

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